NEWS & commentary
Yesterday, David Cameron set out his five year vision for tackling extremism. In a piece for LSE's Politics and Policy blog, I offer some thoughts about its heavy focus on ideology, and consider some of the tensions inherent within the strategy that may cause problems for future policy.
Billed as his most significant speech on extremism since taking office, David Cameron laid out his five year vision for combating extremist ideology at a school in Birmingham this week. In his speech, Cameron set out four principles the government believes important in defeating extremism: confronting extremist ideology; tackling violent and non-violent extremism; emboldening moderate Muslim voices; and building a more cohesive society. It was more detailed, and contained more nuance than comparable announcements in recent years, but the arguments Cameron set out face a number of significant challenges, both in terms of the policy likely to flow from it, and with respect to its fundamental premise: that by tackling extremist ideology, it will be possible to limit terrorism.